The problem with independent films is the fact that they have a small margin for error. With mega production houses and massive budgets, you are treated to mass entertainers. An independent film has to have a hook to draw the people in. Yahaan Sabki Lagi Hai tries its level best, but it isn’t enough. The movie suffers from a script that meanders and acting that just seems to drag the film forward. It could have been so much better, it could have been one of those films that people could rave about.
Yahaan Sabki Lagi Hai revolves around three characters, Kesang, Chandu and Bharat. The three of them are caught up in a series of unfortunate events that force them to think about their lives. Chandu is Kesang’s driver/manservant who seeks to improve his lot in life. Kesang is a happy-go-lucky girl, but with a past that just seems to catch up with her. Bharat is a merchant navy officer who wants to get married to the girl of his dreams. The three of them head out on a road trip together that just goes awry. Yahaan Sabki Lagi Hai shows us what exactly happens to them.
An independent film has to make sure that there is something unique about it that makes it stand out from the crowd. Yahaan Sabki Lagi Hai tries to do just that. But it doesn’t connect with the audience. The story tries too hard to be serious and comedic at the same time. In the end, you are left with something that doesn’t fall in either genre. Instead, you will scratch your head and wonder whether to laugh or groan in agony. As for the acting, well, Varun Thakur and Herok Das perform adequately. However, Eden Shyodhi seems a little wooden. It feels like her first film, and that shows. The story has too many flashbacks and shifts far too often for a person to keep track. Combine that with the length, the movie just drags. Whatever interest you have at the start just vanishes. The soundtrack of the film is relevant and you are kept interested because it isn’t something that you have heard before. The use of cards to indicate chapters is nice. The ending leaves something to be desired. Directors Tina A Bose and Cyrus R. Khambhatta are trying something new. But in the end, you aren’t going enjoy the film.
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